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Julie Bonnar,  Editor

Insanity and seasonal retailing

There never seems to be a good time to sit back and reflect when you run a business.

Having run several small businesses myself, I know that just getting through the daily activities resembles a massive juggling act, where much of the time is spent trying not to drop any of the balls! The other day, I found these words of wisdom from Anita Roddick founder of The Body Shop, to which I think we can all relate: “There’s a fine line between entrepreneurship and insanity. Crazy people see things that others don’t. But you have to believe that everything is possible. If you believe it, those around you will believe it too.”  read more >

  In this issue: Issue 44 Aug/Sep 2014
   
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bulletpointIN THE SPOTLIGHT
Craft, Hobby + Stitch International has added a new show for autumn with an array of new products to showcase

bulletpointKNITTY GRITTY
What's in-store for knitters as we kick start the new season for yarns

bulletpointSPOOKY SEASONAL SALES
Boost your profits by preparing for this special occasion

bulletpointICING ON THE CAKE
We've teamed up with Cake International to find out why cake decorating products are selling like hot cakes!

bulletpointWORKS OF ART
The latest product offerings to draw customers in

bulletpointCASH IN ON CHRISTMAS
Target your seasonal crafters with festive products they can't resist


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CHA UK's One Big Show
What Coats Crafts has to say as a headline sponsor of the CHA-UK’s One Big Show, I'd like to express thanks from Coats Crafts UK to the CHA-UK for providing such an excellent platform for education. ...more
Posted: 30 July 2014
CHA UK's One Big Show
 
Vintage Fair in Hammersmith
The Mid Century Market is fast becoming one of London's most one-of-a-kind vintage fairs, with people travelling from all over the UK to shop at some of the most renowned clothing and homeware stalls. ...more
Posted: 28 July 2014
Vintage Fair in Hammersmith
 
Handmade businesses set to make their craft show debuts at The Handmade Fair
With tickets now on public sale, excitement is spreading to find out what visitors can expect at the Handmade Fair 19th – 21st September ...more
Posted: 22 July 2014
Handmade businesses set to make their craft show debuts at The Handmade Fair
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Making effective use of giveaways at your exhibition stand
Are giveaways at exhibitions a great way to build your brand, attract footfall and generate new business or are they a waste of time and money that end up being ignored or simply thrown in the bin? The answer is some are some aren't! ...more
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How to make a bouquet centrepiece for summer
As summer wedding season approaches, Tracy Rowbottom, award winning floristry expert from Country Baskets share its guide on creating a bridal bouquet or centrepiece. ...more
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Changes to employment law
It's essential that SMEs know their duties as an employer to avoid fines and legal action  ...more
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